Rock Fore! Dough thrills audience, raises money for kids

By: Ryan Calhoun Email
By: Ryan Calhoun Email

Performers rocked the stage at Rock Fore! Dough. (April 5, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, April 5, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- First Tee of Augusta has been around for ten years now. This is the seventh year Rock Fore! Dough has used music to raise money for the charity.

"It's becoming a family tradition to come out and enjoy the weather and enjoy some great music," Britton Serigney said.

"It's been pretty nice," Chris Bedenbaugh said while hanging out with his two twin daughters and wife. "The weather is a little chilly, but it's been nice."

Despite the wind chill, people came out to see the show, especially Darius Rucker--and it didn't matter if he played old songs or new ones, they screamed and cheered.

"It's a party," Rucker said. "It's a great thing they're doing here for the First Tee of Augusta."

It's especially great for the young golfers in the program who got a chance to meet Sister Hazel and Darius Rucker before the concert.

Leah Collins, 12, said she was nervous because they were famous, while her sister, Emily, was nervous because this was the first time she met a star.

As starstruck as many of them were, they fought off the nerves for pictures and autographs from the artists.

Brycen Bessey simply said that meeting Darius Rucker was "cool."

"He's nice," Emily Collins said. "He's not like a mean star, he's real a real down to earth guy."

Even though the kids think the stars are great, the stars think the First Tee is great for the kids.

"It's good it's about core values," Ken Block of Sister Hazel said. "Honesty, integrity, discipline, all those things they instill in the kids makes it an honor to be a part of it."

"I think that all of the great charities out there, especially First Tee, who dedicate their time to help kids one on one are just awesome," Rucker said.

And that's why artists rock this stage, year after year.

It will take a while to tally up how much was raised, but from the looks of it, tonight's show was bigger than last year's. In the past seven years, the event has raised more than $400,000 to help young golfers learn the game .

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